The first phase of a major low-cost housing project in Makkah designed to accommodate 2,300 Saudi families has been declared complete.
Families will be able to move into the first 500 completed homes at Makkah Oasis in Um Al-Joud (around 14 kilometres from the Grand Mosque) in a couple of months, according to the chairman of the project, Abdul Rahman Al-Kheraiji.
The first phase of the project includes 23 buildings of three to six floors, with the project as a whole consisting of a total of 2,300 housing units on 670,000m² of land. It includes a number of commercial buildings and public utility facilities.
“The second phase will have 1,800 housing units,” Al-Kheraiji told Arab News.
He added that the project is a model development and “a pioneering experiment”.
Nabeel Abbas, engineering consultant, said the project is being implemented following high quality and safety standards. “Modern technology is applied to make it cost effective,” he added.
Prince Mansour, Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister, inspected the progress of work and said similar projects would be carried out in other parts of the country.